Three Dongle / Mobile Service

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by CJB, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. CJB

    CJB Guest

    Has anyone else noticed a dire deterioration of connections to Three broadband (and mobile) recently? Well actually over the last three months or more? Currently I have been getting drop-pits or disconnections at the rate of every few minutes for hours on end. It makes composing and sending emails next to impossible with both Google and Yahoo because their latest 'state-of-the-art' systems require continuous connection to their servers for real-time updates and refreshes.

    But my Three dongle keeps disconnecting and then refusing to reconnect. I get a dark blue light on almost permanently which mean that basically I am disconnected. To reconnect I have to close down the dashboard and restart the app. Even then I'm not guaranteed a re-connection.

    I am sure that Three are in breach of contract in taking money and basically not delivering any form of web service.

    CJB, Sep 10, 2013
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  2. CJB formulated on Tuesday :
    I use mine very irregularly and only whilst away in the caravan, but
    previously at a particular site I had a rock solid connection, whereas
    a few weeks ago I was really struggling with the connection. Of course
    it might have been just a local issue.
    Harry Bloomfield, Sep 25, 2013
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  3. It is impossible to generalise due to the wide variation in conditions.
    I would suggest asking Three to replace the dongle. I have had no issues
    with my mobile data on Three connection albeit via my Iphone rather than
    separate dongle.
    Peter Crosland, Sep 25, 2013
  4. The only occaison I ever used a three dongle, I got beween 0 and 2400bps
    out of it.

    Essentially a remote and overloaded transmitter.

    At another location it delivered fine, apparently.

    I bleieve that people with 4G phones could tell there wasn't a reliable
    data connection available at that location too.


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    The Natural Philosopher, Sep 25, 2013
  5. Mine works fine here (St Ives, Cambs) although it does get rather slow
    at peak times. I don't think its a nationwide problem.

    Vir Campestris, Sep 26, 2013
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    Martin Brown Guest

    I have never had less than 3Mbps out of mine even in quite remote but
    high locations in the Yorkshire dales. There are obviously dead spots in
    the valleys and you cannot trust the coverage maps at all.
    The dongles seem to be limited throughput compared to the mifi devices
    where in Manchester I have seen theoretical maximum speed obtained.
    Some places have borderline low signal but even there I have had a
    working link with a few timeouts. I probably would not notice
    intermittent virtual connection provided that when I wanted to send SMTP
    mail the link established again in the blink of an eye. I think most of
    the time it is a happy turquoise connected indicator tho.
    Martin Brown, Oct 2, 2013
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